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Worked with three other attorneys on the same case who took the retainer and did nothing else but tell me to try to work it out with the other party..if we could have worked it out..we wouldn't be going to court. I was financially struggling at the time. Ellen came prepared for the trial. She reviewed the file before the court dates and knew her facts. SHE tried to work it out and did not make me handle it. The other party was abusive and threatened me. He tried it with her (ie threw a chair) and she called his bluff. He backed off because he knew she wasn't going to handle someone abusing her or her client. He HATED her...I wonder why. It was fantastic to have someone working with you and listening .. My case was resolved .He quit taking me back and forth to court. His child support was caught up and and the threats that he would take my son away stopped. All because he knew he would have to face Ellen. My son is 24 years old now, but I often think of the situation I was once in..financially struggling terrified that the system would fail me. All it took was an honest hard working attorney..I realize I paid her ( and quite a bit ..she deserved every penny!). But she did her job and that is what this young struggling mom needed. Thanks Ellen